Compassion Haiti’s 40th Anniversary

During the 40 years of our ministry in Haiti, thousands of young people have committed themselves to Christ. Many of those young men and women have won their parents and many other people from their communities to Christ by their commitments and Christian attitudes.

“Compassion Haiti is a reference and a light house for the Haitian population.” — Guilbaud Saint-Cyr, country director for Compassion Haiti

Compassion started its ministry in Haiti in 1968. At that time, we worked directly through the missionaries established in the country while maintaining no country office or local staff. But through the years, our structure has changed as more and more children have been registered in our programs.

Compassion Haiti has grown through the years in all levels.

  • From 25 employees in the 1990s, it has now reached 69 staff.
  • God has blessed the ministry with a new building adjacent to the old one. That new rented building accommodates program implementation. The office has rooms for more years of fast growth.
  • In order to better serve the projects and partners, Compassion Haiti has hired 12 field-based partnership facilitators from fiscal year 2007 up to now. The presence of the partnership facilitators in the field contributes a great deal to child development center growth and empowerment improvement.

Compassion trains and equips local evangelical church partners to administer a broad range of child development activities from child survival to child sponsorship and leadership development.

Our Leadership Development Program (LDP), launched during the past 12 years, is having incredible effects on the Haitian society.

  • 72 percent of our graduates are employed in key administrative positions both in the public and private sectors, in comparison to the country-level employment statistics of 20 percent

Among those is Abel, a former LDP student, who grew up in a slum but doesn’t live in one anymore. Abel is 27 years old and a university graduate in business management. Among the five children in his family, Abel is the only who has a university degree. The encounter of Abel with Compassion has changed his and his family life for ever.

“Like many other young men, I would probably be a gang member if it were not for the Compassion program in the community. People treat me with much respect, and they are also proud of me. I want to take advantage of that opportunity to make an impact in the community.”

The level of education provided by Compassion has made a great difference in the academic performance in the whole country:

The table below shows a comparison between national and sponsored children success rate in state exams.


Many of those who have emerged from the darkness of poverty and ignorance are now serving their communities as strong and committed Christian leaders.

The children whose lives are being transformed through this ministry will become the future leaders of Haiti to, in turn, transform our country.

Haiti children

The 40 years of Compassion in Haiti have been a success — but not without challenges.

“My greatest satisfaction is the fact that Compassion has given me the opportunity to see some of my dreams accomplished. I can see the outcomes of my initiatives in the lives of children, communities and churches as I am surrounded by qualified and committed staff to bring about the changes.” – Guilbaud Saint-Cyr, country director for Compassion Haiti

Perspectives for the 10 years to come

Guilbaud intends to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Compassion in 2018 with some major accomplishments:

  • increasing our development programs from 227 to 300
  • facilitating the growth of our Leadership Development Program from 80 students to 200
  • bringing total staff to 100
  • 100 percent of our children will be vaccinated
  • 50 percent of our child development programs will have access to potable water

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  1. Lucia August 19, 2010

    Happy Anniversary Compassion Haiti! My name is Lucia Louissaint, and I was sponsored by someone; however I don’t remember the name of that person. Can someone help me please? I just want to say thank you to that person and thank you Compassion for helping me during the hard time. May God continue to bless you all.

    1. Chris Giovagnoni August 19, 2010


      Send us an email, using the contact us form in the upper-right hand corner of the blog. Let us know as much information about your sponsorship as you can (e.g., your child number, name of the child development center, when you were sponsored, what country the sponsor was from, etc.). A representative can see if we still have any information about your sponsor. If we do, then we’ll pass along your contact information to the sponsor, and the sponsor can determine if he or she would like to resume contact.

  2. Chris Giovagnoni July 30, 2009

    @Becky – I’ll see if I can get an answer for you.

  3. Becky July 29, 2009

    Chris (or any other staff) who are moderating comments now:

    I’m interested in what the current values for the last two goals are. The other ones list current numbers but these don’t. If you don’t have the information, I understand, I’m just curious if it is a huge jump as each of the other increases seem massive. Improving the water to 50% from whatever it is now (even if it is 45%) is huge when they are planning to add 73 projects!

    4) 100 percent of our children will be vaccinated
    5) 50 percent of our child development programs will have access to potable water

    I know this comment is really ‘late’. I’ve decided to start going back through the older posts that I never read since I discovered the blog. I’m really glad you guys started it!

  4. DOnna Innes October 31, 2008

    I have been a sponsor a at least one child in Haiti since 1988. My latest one is in the LDP and I anticipate Jean Wilken’s contributions to Haiti should be very long reaching.

    I am so pleased to have been a part of this history.

    Thank you for this opportunity to serve.

  5. Chris Giovagnoni September 29, 2008

    Our crisis updates page has the latest updates we’ve gotten from the Haiti country office in the aftermath of the four storms that recently hit the country.

  6. Queen of the Click September 29, 2008

    How is Haiti doing now? Has the flooding stopped?

  7. Juli Jarvis September 25, 2008

    Congratulations Haiti! I’ve sponsored in Haiti since 1988, so have been a part of the journey for a while. I remember meeting LDP students there in 2002–how impressive these young people were! I look forward to the day I can return to Haiti — I met so many wonderful people there. Blessings on all of you in this great 40th celebration!

  8. Lisa Miles September 25, 2008

    Happy Anniversary Compassion Haiti! You have accomplished wonderful things. God bless you all.

    I’m excited to see how the Leadership Development Program grows — and I love the idea of increasing access to potable water. Great goals!

  9. Geri Whitaker September 25, 2008

    It is still amazing to me, to see how God works, when people give themselves, and their talents to Him, and He works miracles, in places like Haiti that is so in need of help, in every way!-and they are getting it through Compassion! So happy to see how God is working miracles, there! Wonderful!
    Happy Anniversary to All!

  10. Kathy September 25, 2008

    Looking at the graph and actually seeing the difference Compassion has made brings tears to my eyes. May the Lord continue to bless and prosper the work being done there. I wish you the most blessed of anniversaries. In the words of our Lord, “Well done,My good and faithful servants”. It is exciting to see Compassion grads stepping out to bring Light to this dark place.

  11. Vicki Small September 25, 2008

    What a great post!  Happy anniversary, Compassion Haiti!I’m especially thrilled to read how Compassion graduates of both CDSP and LDP have moved out into positions of leadership in their communities and around the nation.

    This is the way it’s supposed to work, and it is working! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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